There’s no great secret to performing well in a job interview – it relies heavily on research, preparation and good interview technique
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Final year revision is a tough enough experience without having to think about applying jobs once you've finished your exams. The trouble is as soon as exams are over, the Graduate job market becomes flooded and the best jobs are the first to go.
That's why we came up with 8 #quicktips to help prepare yourself for the job hunt while you revise, so you can get a head of the game and hopefully land yourself your dream job as soon as you've finished University.
LinkedIn is becoming ever more important in the world of business, especially as it’s becoming increasing common for an employer to look through a prospective employee’s social media profiles. A recommendation from an authoritative figure on LinkedIn can therefore go a long way, so make sure you build up endorsements, whether it’s from your lecturers or former employers – the more you have the better!
The best way to see what is achievable is to have it all logged in one place. You’ve already got enough on your plate with revision without having to think about job application deadlines. The solution to effectively managing your time is simple – make a list of the jobs you want to apply for along with their deadline dates. But remember to be realistic about the number of applications you have time to complete.
Your CV should look very different post-university, to how it looked when you first started. You will have acquired many new skills on your journey through education that you will now need to get down onto paper in the most effective way possible. If you need help with CV writing, just ask our friends at Purple CV for their expert advice.
If there is a company you want to work for, then send them your CV! Even if a company isn't advertising for a position, they could be in the future, and nothing says "I want to work for you", more then taking some initiative and showing interest.
If you hit it off with someone from a career fair, add them on LinkedIn or keep in touch with them over email. A good word from them could be what gets your foot in the door at your next job.
Portfolios are a great way for you to show-off the work you have done both in and outside of education. It is also a great way for you to stand-out from the crowd, as it gives prospective employers solid evidence of your achievements. It may seem like a simple trick, but being able to present your work in this way is a far better way of showcasing your capabilities and more interesting than just listing them off.
It might not be the weekend when you read this post, but the key to success whether it’s revising or job hunting is giving yourself a break. Not only does this give your brain a rest, but more importantly you’re giving yourself some time to get some perspective on your application. Taking a step back before you hit ‘send’ will give you time to think about how well your application is tailored to the job specification. Remember, once you hit that ‘send’ button, there is no going back.
There are plenty of good podcasts out there that are full tips of to help you revise – which lead us to think, we could definitely carve our own ‘niche’. Have a listen to our Careers Advice Podcast and let us know what you think:
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